Archive for January, 2013

 Today’s Quote: “If you only read what everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” — Haruki Murakami

Today’s Word: Peevish adj. Easily irritated, particularly by unimportant things. “He was peevish around smokers.”

Random Thought: Did you ever wonder,  If something “goes without saying,” why do people still say it?

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Today’s Quote: “Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time.” – Victor Hugo

Today’s Word: Brusque adj. Abrupt and curt in manner or speech; discourteously blunt. “Her boss gave a brusque reply.”

Random Thought: When French people swear do they say pardon my English?



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 Today’s Quote: “Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished. If you’re alive, it isn’t.” -Richard Bach

Today’s Word: Congruent; Congruous adj. In agreement or harmony. Suitable; appropriate. “The company’s operations were congruent with its business plan.

Random Thought: How come you play at a recital, but recite at a play?

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 Today’s Quote: “In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” – Theodore Roosevelt  

Today’s Word: Churlish adj. Rude in a mean-spirited and surly way. “It was rather churlish of him to complain about the small donations.”

Random Thought: I don’t approve of political jokes…I’ve seen too many of them get elected.





















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 Today’s Quote: “We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Today’s Word: Empathy; Empathetic adj. The action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another. “Her doctor was empathetic to her condition.”

Random Thought: Did you ever wonder how they measured hail before they invented golf balls?

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Today’s Quote: “Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.” – Unknown

Today’s Word: Efficacy n. The ability to produce a desired or intended result. “The efficacy of the new marketing plan has not been proven.”

Random Thought: I recently took some NyQuil. They should change it’s advertising tag line to, NyQuil the stuffy, sneezy, why-the-heck-is-the-room -spinning medicine.


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One of the goals of The Bookman’s Page when I initiated it, was to let you know what I had been reading, and to write a little review.  Being the undisciplined person that I am, that activity has fallen by the wayside.  However it is a new year, so here’s a rundown of my latest read.

The Empty Copper Sea (Travis McGee #17) by John D. MacDonald

I would give this story a rating of 4 starts out of 5.  I love the Travis McGee character and John MacDonald’s writing style; it’s a little pulp-fiction with lots of social commentary and philosophy on life…that’s still applicable today.

This is one of the later books (#17) in John MacDonald’s Travis McGee series of 21 books. In this story Travis and Meyer go to a (fictional) town on Florida’s West Coast where a local entrepreneur has vanished in an alleged drowning accident. The captain of the boat is a proud and decent guy who got wrongfully blamed for the accident and hires Travis to get his name cleared. Travis and Meyer haul out some fake documents and pass themselves off as real estate development types, all set to do big things for this lovely community you folks have got here. With that act, they have no problem charming their way into the local establishment. While prowling around for information, they come upon several layers of surprises.

In some of these stories Travis has an encounter with a “Wrong Woman” and then with a “Right Woman”. The trick is to disentangle the wrong one without doing her any damage. Here, a smitten lounge pianist thinks Travis is the answer to her romantic fantasies until he encourages her to think he’s actually a louse. Meanwhile, he falls seriously for a tall, stalwart, athletic beauty named Gretel Howard. In the end Travis and Meyer clear the captain’s name, and we find Travis continuing his friendship/relationship with the beautiful, Gretel…a no strings attached relationship.

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 Today’s Quote: “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” – John Wooden

Today’s Quote: Amorphous adj. Without a clearly defined shape or form. Vague; ill-organized; unclassifiable. “The amorphous package caused alarm to many people in the terminal.”

Random Thought: My New Year’s resolution is to be more positive and less sarcastic…Like I won’t screw that up right away!

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 Today’s Quote: “Well done is better than well said.” – Benjamin Franklin

Today’s Word: Gourmand n. A person who enjoys eating and often eats too much; gluttonous. A connoisseur of good food. “The traveling gourmand seldom passed up a restaurant.”

Random Thought: I use to have a handle on life, but it broke.

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Today’s Quote: “To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.” – Eva Young  

Today’s Word: Melancholy n. A deep, pensive, and long-lasting sadness. adj. Sad, gloomy, or depressed. “She was in a melancholy mood.”

Random Thought: If you really want to be depressed, weigh yourself in grams.

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